Paul Bird has strenuously denied rumours he is courting World Superbike star Davide Giugliano to join his Be Wiser Ducati British Superbike team next year.
The Penrith-based team are set to confirm their plans for the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship tomorrow, but team owner Bird has confirmed to MCN that the Italian will not feature in the squad in any way.
It is believed Ducati Corse did approach Bird about running Giugliano in BSB, but the Cumbrian opted against the somewhat risky strategy of bringing in a racer that has little knowledge of British circuits.
“I can tell you now that Davide Giugliano will not be racing for me next year,” Bird told MCN on Tuesday evening. “It was an option for us at one point, but while I think he will be in BSB next year, it won’t be with us. Maybe he’ll be on a blue bike!”
After losing his seat with the Aruba Ducati team, MCN understand Giugliano is out of offers to run in World Superbikes next season with his only options to remain on the world stage believed to be in the Superstock class. Keen not to take a step back, Giugliano is seriously considering a future in Britain.
Should he make the jump to BSB, it is expected he will join the Tyco BMW team but is also rumoured to be in talks with Suzuki.
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